For one night only, UD Open Mic moved to the V&A with our friends at GUAP for another epic Friday Late on August 25th, as part of a season of events and displays marking the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush.
Having invited performers of Caribbean heritage to apply to perform, we had a hard job selecting the 10 acts for the night – a big thank you to all who got in touch! Selected to step up and represent were Ashaine White, SKYE, Dwills, Sweep, Anicah, Ziön x Siobhán, Deacon, Shanteh, Devante Vaughan & Reptile B.
“It was an honour to be able to host the Open Mic for this event,” Nayana AB explains, “allowing me to meet and listen to artists of Caribbean descent who are insanely talented. 75 years have passed since the HMT Empire Windrush ship arrived in Britain on the 22nd of June 1948 and it is beautiful to be able to honour the anniversary in such an iconic place. There is nothing like seeing black excellence being celebrated and welcomed into spaces with such a rich history.”
With GUAP having programmed the entire space, other highlights included music by Home Sweet Home, fashion displays, dancehall workshops, a carnival village showcase, a screening by Hairouna Film Festival, carnival costume making, panel talks, a children of Windrush display and much more.
Here’s hoping GUAP do another V&A Friday Late in 2024!
UD Open Mic returns to Talent House, 3 Sugar House Lane, London E15 2QS on Thursday 12th October. Email email@example.com if you’d like to apply. Please sign up for a free ticket over at UDtickets.com.
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